Cannabis Section
"Raising the Bar Higher"

Welcome to LACBA’s New Cannabis Section

We are “Raising the Bar Higher” and invite you to become a member and join us at a variety of events throughout the year.

Take A Walk On The Wild Side at Flutter
Summer 2020
Flutter   217 S. La Brea Los Angeles
Advance registration is required.
Join the Cannabis Section for a ‘walk on the wild side’ as we meet up for a social mixer at Flutter “where art and happiness meet” in Hollywood. Flutter is an interactive art exhibit featuring 6000+ square feet of playful art that’s meant to be touched. We have booked the location for a private event for two hours. Check out to see what you’re in store for at this one-of-kind event.

This will sell out and admission is limited to just 100 guests.

Sponsorship opportunities available, contact:

We’d like to thank the sponsors of this event:


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Quarterly Salon: Getting In The Weeds With Cannabis Litigation: Claims, Strategies, Challenges, Finding Resolution
May 26, 5:30-8 pm
LACBA Headquarters
2 Hours CLE
Join the Cannabis Section for an insightful conversation about cannabis-focused litigation and challenges. We will talk about the trends emerging, the types of claims that are gaining traction, advantages of different forums, and ADR.

Sponsorship opportunities available, contact:

We’d like to thank the sponsor of this event:

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LACBA Cannabis Section Letter to ABA re Resolutions 103B and 103D-1-small-image


Click here to read the Cannabis Section’s letter of support for ABA resolutions regarding cannabis attorneys.

Photos from LACBA’s Quarterly Cannabis Salon
February 11, 2020

Demystifying LA City's Cannabis Licensing & Regulatory Program: How did we get here &  where are we going?


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Photos from the January 15, 2020 Cannabis Section Mixer

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Are there cannabis-related topics you'd like to learn more about?  Do you have comments or questions about our section?   Please contact us via this form.


California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 and recently adopted a comprehensive and complex regulatory scheme covering the cultivation, manufacture, testing, transportation, and sale of cannabis for both medicinal and adult recreational use.  In addition, communities throughout California independently regulate commercial cannabis according to their own priorities.  At the same time, possession and commercial production, distribution, and sale of cannabis remain unlawful under federal law.  LACBA’s Cannabis Section will provide top-tier continuing legal education concerning the legal cannabis industry and its many complex issues, including: state and local regulatory compliance, corporate and tax structuring, banking, real estate, labor and employment, intellectual property, insurance, litigation, and ethics.  The Cannabis Section will also serve as a source of expertise for other attorneys, government bodies, and the news media on issues regarding cannabis laws, regulations and developments, and serve as a forum for the consideration of public policies dealing with or regarding cannabis generally.  The Cannabis Section will provide regular networking opportunities for legal professionals and industry leaders and will assist and promote the activities of LACBA.

A summary of our regularly planned events is below:

Social Mixers
Join the Cannabis Section at seasonal networking mixers that will rotate around Los Angeles.  The Section will host seasonal mixers at locations where attendees can have fun while getting to know each other.  Locations will include rooftop bars and restaurant patios/event spaces.  Section members will receive special member admission pricing.  [Note: Please let us know if you have connections with locations that you think will be ideal for such gatherings.]

Brown-Bag Gatherings
Join the Cannabis Section at seasonal gatherings that rotate around Los Angeles.  Members of the Executive Committee will host informal gatherings where members of the Cannabis Section can bring a brown-bag lunch and get to know each other while having open conversations on topics of interest to them. These no-charge gatherings will provide members with the opportunity to casually discuss topics of interest while socializing. 

Seasonal Heady Salons
Inspired by high-society salons of the past where participants increased their knowledge through conversations and presentations, the Cannabis Section will host seasonal participatory conversations on specific topics of interest to the legal cannabis industry.  Because developments in the legal cannabis industry happen so fast, the Salons will be up-to-the-moment conversations on one or more timely topics announced shortly before the event.  Some Salons will include special guests and presentations.  Dinner and dessert will be available to all attendees.  Section members will receive special member admission pricing.

Annual Symposium
Join the Cannabis Section at our annual educational symposium.  The Cannabis Section will host a multi-panel, half-day event with top-tier panelists.   The Annual Symposium will provide attendees with a higher education in legal cannabis.  Panelists will be chosen for their knowledge and expertise.  The Annual Symposium will include great opportunities to meet and network with others in attendance and earn CLE hours.  Section members will receive special member admission pricing.


For more information:

Chair - Joshua Mandell:

Vice Chair, Programming - Ariel Clark:

Vice Chair, Communications - Nicole Phillis:

Vice Chair, Membership – Griffen Thorne: